So where did the practice of yoga come from?
Let’s begin with a brief history lesson. Approximately 5,000 years ago, the Vedas (the age-old religious context from India) had an Indo-European language known as Sanskrit. Within this language, the practice of yoga was explained as far as its technique and unique qualities which offered a sense of grounding and clarity. As for the actual word, yoga, its can be defined as a “banding together,” and/or a way to have self-control.
Most popular style of yoga
There are several types of yoga, but Hatha which incorporates many styles is the most popular. If you want to break a sweat, this type of yoga would be the most beneficial rather than a more static, introspective form. While practicing Hatha yoga, the participant centers their breathing with exercises known as pranayamas, does a sequence of yoga postures (asanas), and finishes up by resting (savasana). In a nut shell, yoga places a huge emphasis on one’s breathing while keeping the mind secure and tranquil.
So how is yoga good for my health?
Unlike traditional workouts, yoga is not about getting “ripped,” but rather about bringing you back to the very core of your existence. In other words, it’s about being acutely aware of your capabilities at that exact moment in time and training the mind and body to synchronize with one another.
- Ultimately, this development of inner strength creates a more positive depiction of oneself.
- Yoga allows for the thought process behind being more conscious of what you are eating and why you are eating it. For example, are you being enticed to eat by the smell and look of something yummy? Are you eating for comfort? How about eating just for something to do and not because you’re hungry? Regardless of your answers, yoga helps you become acutely aware of the reasons why you’re eating, as well as heightening the enjoyment that comes from food’s unique flavors.
- With this guilt-free association with the mind and food, you can actually lose weight and lower your body mass index with at least 30 minutes of yoga a week.
- Here’s to your heart! Although not physically demanding, yoga has been proven to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar simply because it promotes homeostasis within the body, thus keeping your bodily systems in symmetry.
- Essentially, practicing yoga a couple times a week will boost your stamina, “beef up” your muscles, increase your resilience, and give your heart and lungs a “lift!”
There you have it – a beginner’s guide to yoga and your health.